Last week Justice Elena Kagan visited the College. 
Justice Kagan gave the 37th Annual McCormick Lecture -- though this year it took the form of the "McCormick Conversation."  Dean Emerita Toni Massaro and I spoke with Justice Kagan for almost an hour, and then she took questions from the audience.  Below we describe Justice Kagan's visit, where her thoughtfulness and decency were evident throughout.       
The visit of a sitting member of the Supreme Court of the United States is a notable event.  But, it turns out, and true to form, there are many notable visitors and events happening at the College of Law this semester.
Our next public events will be the Mining Law Summit on September 16, and Constitution Day on September 19 hosted by the Rehnquist Center with a full afternoon of speakers and discussions.
This week we also introduce first year student Molly Cassidy.
Until the footnotes,

37th Annual McCormick Lecture

The conversation-style lecture with
Toni Massaro, Justice Kagan, and me.

It was a pleasure to welcome Associate Justice Elena Kagan to Tucson as the distinguished lecturer for the J. Byron McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs. 

As part of her visit, Justice Kagan met with faculty, an exclusive lunch with students, the annual evening lecture, and a dinner with the McCormick Society members. We thank Justice Kagan for her candor, dedication to future members of the profession, and sharing her day with us.

Coverage of Justice Kagan's visit include
If you are interested in being part of future McCormick events, considering joining the Society. For more information, please contact, Toni Massaro

Molly Cassidy ('19)

Molly Cassidy is no stranger to the classroom. She has served as both a teacher and an administrator in K-12 education. 

As a first year student at the College of Law, she has been inspired by her prior experiences to pursue a legal education. In fact, it was a direct experience with the education laws of Arizona that brought her to the college.

Molly says,

"I became interested in law during my doctoral program in which I focused on Educational policy. Specifically, my research analyzed Arizona Revised Statutes that affected the education of English Language Learners in K-12 schools. As an administrator, I saw firsthand how state policies often restricted the implementation of effective educational programs. It was this realization that inspired me to follow my passion and pursue a legal education."

While you might think she is going to head straight towards the practice of education law -- like many of our outstanding alumni such as Professor of Practice John Richardson ('78) and Geno Zamora ('94) -- Molly is committed to keeping her options open. She plans to use her three years at the college to refine her interests and skills.

Molly hiking the Arizona trails.
When asked why she chose Arizona Law, she exclaimed,

"I am truly a Wildcat for life! I have a Bachelor's in Elementary Education, a Master's in Language, Reading, and Culture, and a Doctor of Education degree-all from the University of Arizona. Through my experiences at the U of A, I have seen how our school community values diversity and promotes innovation; this is why I choose to Bear Down!"

Even though we are across Speedway, we never forget our land-grant roots and our commitment as Arizona's first law school. We continue to welcome outstanding students like Molly who have excelled across the University of Arizona into the College of Law.

Outside of the classroom, Molly loves to be out and about. She enjoys jogging at sunrise, hiking the Arizona trails, and practicing yoga. She grew up in Michigan and frequently to goes back to visit family and explore the shoreline.


Constitution Day, Sept. 19

The Rehnquist Center presents the annual Constitution Day program on Monday, September 19, 2016, 1-4:30 P.M. at the College of Law in the Ares Auditorium (room 164). 

This year's panelists include:

Justice Clint Bolick
Arizona Supreme Court

Greg Garre 
Former US Solicitor General. 
Global Chair of Supreme Court 
& Appellate Practice at 
Watkins & Latham

Professor Lisa Manheim
University of Washington School of Law

Professor Robert Yablon
University of Wisconsin Law School

Moderated by Professor Dave Marcus
University of Arizona College of Law

Cases to be discussed include:

CLE credit may be available for this event. Space is limited, and registration is recommended. Visitor parking is available for a fee at several parking garages near campus.

Special thanks to Matt Schmidt ('10) of Kinerk, Schmidt, & Sethi for joining us at the college through our Academic Affairs workshop on Student Work-Life Balance. 


Mining Law Summit, Sept. 16
The 2016 Mining Law Summit will be held at the College of Law on Friday, September 16. The summit is sponsored and hosted by the college's Global Mining Law Program and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources. The theme is "Exploring Collaborative Solutions for Mined Land Remediation" and the keynote speaker is Arizona Law alumnus Ryan Flynn ('06).
The summit will explore questions such as: How do we manage the liability of developing existing mined lands? What public policies encourage productive remediation and development? What are the legal and technical issues we need to address together?

Make your plans to return to campus for Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2016. The updated schedule of events is located on our 2016 Homecoming webpage.

The College of Law has a block of seats for the Homecoming Game, Arizona vs. Stanford. To purchase yours, please email Marissa White.

Please join us as we honor Dean Emeritus Charles Ares for his lifelong dedication to legal education and the University of Arizona. 

A mentor, friend, and educator to the thousands who have walked the halls of Arizona Law, Dean Ares is a pillar of our community, and we hope you will take part in this momentous occasion to celebrate his legacy. 

Friday, October 28, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Lobby
James E. Rogers College of Law

Justice Elena Kagan.  Justice Clint Bolick.  The first Global Mining Summit.
And that is just one three week span of public events in the life of the college.

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